I always find it amusing to talk about the shows I’ve never seen because it seems to shock people. I’m talking about shows — for the most part — that have been around for years and years, some of which are entrenched in the American culture and the characters are iconic. So, I thought, in the interest of my amusement, I’d go ahead and list some of those now. There is no order to this unless someone feels it ought to be ordered by least egregious to most egregious…And something I should point out, so I don’t have to with each one; I have no real reason for having not seen these shows. I just…haven’t.
Saturday Night Live (1975-Present)
A show that’s been around fifteen years before I was even born has seen some truly great comedic talents like Jimmy Fallon, Adam Sandler, Kristen Wiig, Dana Carvey, John Belushi, Tina Fey, Mike Myers, Chris Farley, Will Ferrell and Eddie Murphy. Not to mention a slew of famous celebrities and singers over the years. Yet, I’ve never seen an episode. Not one. I don’t even, to my recollection, recall even seeing a short clip or segment from the show. That’s over thirty years of content beyond my viewing.
Late Show with David Letterman (1993-Present)
This won’t be the first talk show on this list. I’ve seen clips of his lists he does at the end of shows or if someone that interests me goes on his show, I’ll watch that clip, but I’ve never watched a full episode and certainly nothing on a regular basis.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992-Present)
Same story, as I’ve never watched anything here. I’ve seen a few clips of his interviews and was not all that impressed with his comedic timing or wit, but to be fair, I’m not basing that off much. While I’ve never watched a full episode of this, I did, however, watch a few seasons of Johnny Carson’s version and found it astoundingly hilarious.
The Simpsons (1989-Present)
I have no aversion to animation or comedy and satire of society interests me greatly, but again, for whatever reason, I’ve yet to see this show. Not one episode and besides a few gifs and momentary clips, I’ve not seen much footage either. If asked, I’d be hard pressed to name more than four characters. Quick: Bart, Homer, Lisa, Marge? And I’m done. I just Googled Marge now to make sure that actually is one. It is, okay. Four and I’m tapped out.
South Park (1997-Present)
This one above all the others truly baffles me with respect to why I haven’t watched it. I haven’t seen any episodes in full and I’ve never seen the movies. Again, I would be hard pressed to name the characters. I’ve got Kenny, Cartman, and now I’m blanking. Parker and Stone, the creators, are people I would normally gravitate to with their we-don’t-give-a-fuck attitude. Above all the others, this is the one I really want to give a shot at watching.
- Family Guy
- The Wire
- The Sopranos
- The Amazing Race
- Mad Men
- Dancing with the Stars
- Two and a Half Men
- Star Trek
- Sesame Street
And I’ve started, but not nearly finished:
- Prison Break
- The West Wing
- Breaking Bad
If you started getting into older shows again like Cheers or NYPD Blue or dear god, foreign shows, then my list of not-seen will get exhaustive…
What can I say? I’m mostly a television drama guy and don’t typically watch comedies on television. Moreover, I’m more into film than television, but alas…